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Closed March 11, 2018

Thurman's Chloe offers warmth, wit, and empathy

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Why See The Parisian Woman?

Starring Uma Thurman

The fact that House of Cards creator Beau Willimon's first Broadway play is set among the political classes of Washington should come as no surprise. However, unlike his icy Netlfix hit, The Parisian Woman is slightly lighter fare, adapted from Henry Becque's 19th century farce La Parisienne. Leading the cast, and also making her Broadway debut, is Golden Globe nominee Uma Thurman. She's joined in the cast by Josh Lucas (American Psycho), Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Marton Csokas.

Originally produced in Costa Mesa in 2013, The Parisian Woman follows a lawyer's wife who must use all her charms to try and secure her husband a nomination for Attorney General. Sleeping with influential parties lies well within in her purvey, but are these affairs really in aid of her man or herself?

Uma & beau

Following a stint as a model, Umu Thurman began her acting career in earnest with 1988's Dangerous Liaisons, in which her young naive Cecile was seduced by John Malkovich's scheming Valmont. Her place in the annals of Hollywood history was secured by two iconic roles for Quentin Tarantino; Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill's The Bride, while her other credits include Gattaca, Nymphomaniac and The Producers.

While this is the first main stem staging of one of his works, Beau Willimon has numerous Off-Broadway plays to his name, including 2008's Farragut North, which he subsequently adapted for the silver screen as The Ides of March. As the creator of Netflix's political thriller House of Cards, he's given us some of modern tv's most memorable plot twists and devilishly enjoyable anti-heroes.

What is The Parisian Woman About?

DC lawyer Mark is close to a nomination for Attorney General. His wife Chloe is as smooth an operator as he is, with even more of a cunning and avaricious nature, and is very prepared to use her sexual charms to help her husband's cause. Trouble arises when the political power broker she's sleeping with falls for her. Unwilling to get tangled up in a messy situation, Chloe distances herself from her lover, and must plot a new route into the heart of Washington's political elite.

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Previews from: 9 November 2017

Opening night: 30 November 2017


Recommended for ages 14+

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission

And before you stop reading

Georges Biard Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative


Umu Thurman as Chloe
Josh Lucas as Tom
Blair Brown as Jeanette Simpson
Phillipa Soo as Rebecca
Marton Csokas as Peter


Written by Beau Willimon
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

What we thought

Opulant vapid POLITICAL

I couldn't help but get lost in the details of the set

Uma Thurman makes her Broadway debut playing a frustrated housewife who seems to go above and beyond with sneaky tactics to keep her tax attorney husband in the running for a position of power.

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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

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6 reviews, average rating: (3.2 Stars)

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Beth Pile: “Love it!”

LOVED “The Parisian Woman!” It is witty, timely, well-acted, and nicely... more

NANCY TUNNEY: “Parisian Woman”

Wonderful, Just wonderful! The entire cast is so very talented. The scenic... more

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